Lifeblood Hydra

Legality

Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Pauper Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander Anthology (CMT) Rare
Commander 2014 (C14) Rare

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Lifeblood Hydra

Creature — Hydra

Trample

Lifeblood Hydra enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it.

When Lifeblood Hydra dies, you gain life and draw cards equal to its power.

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Lifeblood Hydra Discussion

elephantambush on Rashmi Big Tokens

3 days ago

Looking for suggestions to replace Lifeblood Hydra, Shapers of Nature and Champion of Lambholt.

I'm thinking Altar of Dementia could replace Lifeblood Hydra which retains my wrath protection, but also gives me options to self-mill if I need to dig for recurrable answers, or mill opponents out/fuck with their topdeck tutors.

Other than that I'm out of ideas.

raefgall on Selvala's Chargers

1 week ago

If you're willing to spend a bit more:

Enchantment: Aura Shards, Mirari's Wake, Parallel Lives, Growing Rites of Itlimoc  Flip

If you end up going with some of the mana enhancers like Mirari's and Itlimoc, some X spells could be good:

Genesis Wave, Genesis Hydra, Lifeblood Hydra, Green Sun's Zenith

greyninja on X Rosheen

1 month ago

Rosheen Meanderer was one of my first commander decks I built. It has since turned into Xenagos, God of Revels and currently Omnath, Locus of Mana; but the meanderer still holds a place in my heart

If you want to further pursue the avenue; I have a few more ideas.
Savageborn Hydra
Primordial Hydra
Lifeblood Hydra
Protean Hydra
Krakilin
Endless One
Verdeloth the Ancient
Steel Hellkite
Flameblast Dragon
Orcish Settlers
Banefire
Bonfire of the Damned
Hurricane
Stream of Life
Fireball
Clan Defiance

There's plenty more, but a lot of the one-shot burn spells are just that, one-shot, and don't keep hurting your opponent's turn after turn. Obviously that's a lot of suggestions so choose what's fun for you. This isn't a highly used archetype so a lot of the cards are pretty cheap :)

Cards like Decree of Annihilation scare me as they slow down the game, but one of your opponents could use something like Sensei's Divining Top to get ahead quicker. I know, I've done that to an opponent before after they played Apocalypse.

Genesis Wave drops all of your x-costing creatures onto the 'field as 0/0s and they die. So if you do add a ton of hydras etc I'd suggest removing it. Citanul Flute is epic in here since the converted cost of say, Savageborn Hydra, is only 2.

Anywho, have fun! +1 from me! Pease take a minute to check out some of my decks and +1 them! Cheers

Force_of_Willb on Number 49 extra cheese combo

1 month ago

This seems like a deck designed to abuse Rosheen Meanderer

How about a card like Chimeric Mass or try a Hydra deck Genesis Hydra or Genesis Wave, Hooded Hydra - Token generator and can be done without Rosheen thanks to Morph, Lifeblood Hydra - life gain + card draw, Primordial Hydra, or Protean Hydra

To keep the token generation sub theme going Martial Coup+wrath White Sun's Zenith or Wurmcalling - buyback!

Last recommendation is Mirror Entity over Biomass Mutation

I would sideboard the Rest in Peace + Helm of Obedience combo and remove Guilty Conscience and maybe up Animist's Awakening to a 4x of.

SunBurned on I Sexually Identify as a Primordial Hydra

2 months ago

Thanks for the helpful comment!

This deck started out primarily as a hydra deck and the reason for cutting some of the cards you mentioned was primarily because they don't get value quick enough and I tend to get overrun by fliers (which this deck is hopeless against) or by a combo on later turns, so my intent was to try and make this deck better at putting on pressure on earlier turns.

Hydra Broodmaster and Protean Hydra dont trample and are usually shut down by tokens, mana dorks, or other chum blockers in my playgroup, Lifeblood Hydra usually feels like a pain to play either as a significant body or as a draw option in my experience, and Ulvenwald Hydra doesnt come down early enough for its ramp to be significant and also doesnt trample.

However after hearing your ideas about possible 1/1 counter interactions I would like to see if I can make these hydras work - Gigantomancer in particular looks super sweet, either by buffing hydras or making my many mana dorks into threats late game. I have a lot more ramp than I was previously using as well, which may further support the hydra package.

Tldr: maybe the hydra theme of my deck just needed more support rather than other subsitute threats, and I will give them a try again.

Thanks again for the insight!

darmpark on I Sexually Identify as a Primordial Hydra

2 months ago

I have a deck vaguely similar to this one that uses Yisan, the Wanderer Bard as it its commander. If I had any suggestion to make, it would be that since you want to focus on hydras, put some more +1/+1 counter interactions in. You might like things like Mighty Emergence, Soul's Might, Nissa's Judgment, Hardened Scales, Inspiring Call, or Death's Presence. Also, since many hydras have an "X" in their cost, you can get more counters on them by having cards that reduce the cost, like Rhonas's Monument, Emerald Medallion, or Conduit of Ruin. Again, since most hydras are 0/0 and work off counters, a fun card to run with them is Gigantomancer, who would just give them +7/+7. There also some good hydras I'm not seeing here. Ones like Protean Hydra, Lifeblood Hydra, or Ulvenwald Hydra. I'm sure you have your reasons, but I'd consider those.

As for what's on the maybeboard, Hydra Broodmaster seems like an obvious choice for a hydra deck and I'm curious why you cut it, especially in a deck with this much ramp. Pathbreaker Ibex would do amazing work if you can guarantee at least two other big creatures attack along side it. Shamanic Revelation is a great source of draw and recovery since you're almost guaranteed to meat the ferocious requirement. Surrak, the Hunt Caller is another pick that has some real potential in this deck. The others I personally don't think much of.

Hope this helps

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